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The Go-to guy for captains

The excellent folks over at Wisden Cricinfo keep coming up with some really insightful analysis on the basis of data culled from their massive database of numbers.

In this latest analysis, S Rajesh has compiled a nice summary of the players winning captains have turned to whenever they have needed a match winning performance and the returns they have got.

In what came as a nice surprise, Rahul Dravid leads the world by a fair margin as the Man Friday for Saurav Ganguly.

Among batsmen, no-one has done more for a team's win under a single captain than Dravid has under Ganguly's leadership. Dravid has been a part of every single one of the 21 wins that Ganguly has achieved, and his scores in those matches are quite staggering: 2571 runs, with nine hundreds - three of them double-centuries - and ten fifties in 32 innings, and a mindboggling average of 102.84. He contributed nearly 23% of the total runs scored by India in those games, that's almost one out of every four runs the team scored.

The only batsman who comes close to those figures is Greg Chappell. When he was leading Australia, he scored over 21% of the runs and made them at more than 80 per innings. None of the other chief contributors, save Steve Waugh under Taylor's leadership, managed such a high average.

Read the complete report here.

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